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  • Summary: The American Idol contestant returns with his band's follow-up to its Grammy-nominated self-titled debut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Daughtry and his band return with similar aggression on their sophomore album, Leave This Town. Daughtry's ferocious growl is still the centerpiece of the new songs, but the band has also taken a few creative risks.
  2. The blueprint of follow-up Leave This Town--chugging riffs, angsty-sensitive lyrics, here-come-the-soaring-double tracked-?choruses--may feel utterly familiar, but it's undoubtedly what the people (the people not being up for, one guesses, any major stylistic switcheroos) want.
  3. At best Leave This Town inches beyond its predecessor, deeply tunneled into the hard-rock mainstream but a touch more confident and eclectic.
  4. It takes gall to put a song called 'No Surprise' on your second disc, but gall is something Daughtry does not lack, and that's what made him one of the only bona fide rock stars to come out of American Idol.
  5. If you called Leave This Town, his familiar-sounding sophomore effort, workmanlike, he’d probably see it as a compliment. Too bad this is disappointingly generic hard rock with virtually the same formula that made his debut such a success.
  6. Taking into account that half of Leave This Town was never intended for headphone listening, and is better heard blasting on a car stereo or a jukebox, it can seem somewhat picky to criticise the album for being poorly-written or for sounding like compressed dog poo.
  7. Chris Daughtry has a real band that plays really serious songs, which are, almost without exception, really, really bad.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. May 22, 2014
    This album offers more of the same. Angst-filled lyrics, crunchy guitar riffs, and pounding drums. While I would normally cry foul against this, I have to admit I'm glad I listened to it. Expand

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